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Everything’s Better than a Hooker

Eva-Maree Kullander Smith was 27 when she was murdered by the father of her children during a supervised visit arranged by social services. Previously, despite his violent past, he was awarded sole custody after social services learnt that she had previously worked as an escort.

Determined to win them back, Eva-Maree became a campaigner for sex workers’ rights, challenging Sweden’s policies and attitudes towards prostitution. For nearly three years, while her ex partner continued to threaten her and refused to allow any access to the children, she did everything she could to prove she was a good parent and to fight the stigmatisation of sex workers. A story of abuse of power in a country that claims to have eradicated prostitution.

PRODUCTION INFO

  • Year: 2017
  • Duration: 55 mins
  • Production: Magneto Presse
  • Director: Ovidie
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA, ESP
  • Country of production: France

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FESTIVAL & AWARDS

  • Amnesty International Award for the Human Rights section (Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2018, Greece); Best Feature Documentary (Festival Dona i Cinema 2019, Spain); Festival de Films de Femmes de Créteil 2018 (France); FestiFrance 2018 (Festival Français de Belo Horizonte, Brazil); MIC Genero 2018 Festival (Mexico); Women Make Waves 2018 Festival (Taiwan); Muestra de Cine Realizado por Mujeres de Zaragoza 2018 (Spain); Porn Film Festival Berlin 2018 (Germany); Fish & Chips Film Festival 2019 (Italy); Porn Film Festival Vienna 2019 (Austria)

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